Showing posts with label Thanksgiving. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Thanksgiving. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hitler, Thanksgiving and Bigfoot

Who would have known Hitler tried to thwart Thanksgiving by replacing it with Bigfoot day? Fortunately, in this case, Bigfoot was just as elusive for him.

Watch the video below in full screen mode to read the subtitles. Or click Hitler Finds Out He Can't Find Bigfoot to see it on YouTube.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Bigfoot Thanksgiving honoring Harvey Pratt

During Thanksgiving, most of us are reminded of the contributions made by Native Americans on this historical day; specifically the Wampanoag but perhaps this appreciation extends to all Indian tribes and nations in general. At BLC, we are reminded all year long the contributions Native Americans have made to Bigfooting.

1840, Walker, a Protestant missionary, recorded stories of giants among the Native Americans living in Spokane, Washington. In 1847, Paul Kane reported stories by the native people about skoocooms, a race of wild men living on the peak of Mount St. Helens. J. W. Burns in a series of Canadian newspaper articles in the 1920s. Burns coined the term Sasquatch, which is from the Halkomelem sásq’ets. Even The late Great Ivan Sanderson relied on the oral traditions of native Americans to inform his research in his book the Abominable Snowmen, Legend Come to Life.

Just as Native Americans continue to enrich our lives, reminding us of our connection to nature and the wisdom of sustainability, they also continue to inform us more about Bigfoot. Today we showcase one of the greatest contributors, Native American artist Harvey Pratt.

Considered one of the leading forensic artists in the United States, Harvey has spent over 42 years in law enforcement, completing thousands of witness description drawings and hundreds of soft tissue reconstructions. Harvey is the only full-time police forensic artist in Oklahoma. With this background, he was the perfect candidate to team-up with former police investigator and author David Paulides.

Together they have produced one of the most popular Bigfoot must-have books, The Hoopa Project. A description from the website follows:

"The Hoopa Project is the first book by the Executive Director of North America Bigfoot Search (NABS), David Paulides. Paulides has spent the last three years researching and working in an area centered on the Hoopa Reservation in Northern California. This first book endeavor chronicles his research on Bigfoot.

Paulides, a former police investigator, wanted to hold witnesses accountable for their statements. To this end, he documented over 45 witnesses who swore on affidavits to witnessing Bigfoot and Bigfoot activity. Interviews and research also brought much insight to related aspects of the hominid, such as topography, weather, elevation and rainfall.

Desiring an expert forensic sketch artist with an intimate knowledge of the Native American culture, Paulides commissioned Harvey Pratt for the Hoopa Project. Harvey met with the witnesses who had Bigfoot sightings and completed forensic sketches based on his interview with them."

We also want to showcase other inspirational art Harvey Pratt has beautifully created. Below you will see more Bigfoot art, a Pendleton Woolen Mill blanket and collectable plate. You can purchase all of these great works of art at Harvey Pratt's Site All of the art below has been posted with permission from Mr. Pratt himself.

During our correspondence with him, he could not be more kind or generous, and we can also claim he is a fan of our site. Harvey Pratt, I can speak for everybody here, we are truly thankful for your contributions and we salute you.

"New Territory" by Harvey Pratt

"Private Bigfoot" and "The Gift" by Harvey Pratt

"Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow" by Harvey Pratt

"Oklahoma Centennial Pendleton Blanket" by Harvey Pratt

Friday, November 20, 2009

Thanksgiving and the Pukwudgie Connection

"The First Thanksgiving" by Jennie A. Brownscombe, 1914
Alternate version of "The First Thanksgiving"
Tall, black hats with big, silver buckles? Check! The smell of turkey roasting in the oven? Check! Cornbread stuffing and pumpkin pie? Check! Mysterious cryptids lurking in the background? Double Check! It’s the end of November and that can only mean one thing. It’s time for Thanksgiving and Bigfoot! And maybe something more!

Though Bigfoot didn’t exactly set down for the first Thanksgiving celebration, the area near Plymouth, Massachusetts where the Pilgrims started the Thanksgiving Dinner tradition with the help of the friendly Wampanoag Indians has a long tradition of unexplained sightings of tall, hairy monsters (Bigfoot?), ghosts, UFOs, and other incredible creatures. These encounters are especially thick in the nearby area known as the Bridgewater Triangle which includes a 5000-acre swamp known as the Hockomock Swamp and an 8,000 year old Indian burial ground.

Central to the mythology of the Wampanoag Indian is the Pukwudgie, or Pukwudgee, which is their version of the Irish leprechaun. This two-foot tall, light-skinned “little man of the woods” is a dangerous and tricky forest inhabitant. A Pukwudgie is just as likely to help forest travelers find their way home as lead them off a cliff to their death. If you meet one, it’s best to ignore them so they ignore you. Otherwise watch out for their malicious tricks! Even today there are many unexplained suicides at a cliff on the Wampanoag reservation that is credited to the dangerous Pukwudgies. When it came to the Wampanoag Indians sharing their knowledge of how to grow corn and getting along in the new world, you can be sure they warned the Pilgrims about the Pukwudgies, too!
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